Unlike many other film festivals, Cannes is nonstop glamour, with more red carpets and photo calls packed into ten days than there are outfits to wear to them. Just kidding about the outfits part, of course! Celebrities often take bigger chances on their Cannes ensembles thanks to the artsy, over-the-top, joie de vivre atmosphere, which makes for lots of fabulous gowns with sparkles, volume, and sweeping trains. Hey, it's southern France — the world capital of topless beaches and flowing Champagne — why not throw caution to the wind? Enjoy our red carpet roundup from the first day of Cannes, including appearances by Diane Kruger, Fan Bingbing, Lana Del Rey, Freida Pinto, Jessica Chastain, and many more.
Diane Kruger didn't want to go full GOOP, so she chose to wear a half-cape gown.
You know it's Cannes when Fan Bingbing shows up in full red carpet regalia. She's so on top her game that she's already got the Chanel Cruise hairdo minus the pastel color. So everyone take note: Fabergé egg gowns must be in for fall.
Eva Looks fabulous. Her dress is so sparkly and dramatic that it distracts you from thinking, "Is Eva Longoria even in any movies showing at Cannes?" and just makes you envious of how useful her fluffy train could be for impromptu naps.
Oh look, it's her! She got to make out with Leonardo Dicaprio when he was tan and ripped in The Beach! (While we're on the subject, so did Tilda Swinton, who's on this same red carpet.) Anyway, her dress is underwhelming, but she still looks pretty and it's nice to see her out and about.
The bodice is great — who doesn't like a pastel rainbow of sequins covering her boobs? But the bottom looks like she decided to belt the hotel bedsheet and call it a peplum skirt. At least she sleeps in satin.
What's better than one scoop of lemon sorbet? Two scoops of lemon sorbet!
Eva's the only woman who went with sleeves, and she looks elegant and royal — like she climbed down from a throne somewhere, turned her crown upside down to wear as a necklace, and showed up at the party.
Tilda looks like a Bobbi Brown bronzer compact, but in the best possible way.
Chastain's gown fits her perfectly, which is notable because that's not always the case. This silhouette shortens her a bit, but the skirt has pockets, which means she can store movie snacks, sunscreen, and even Bill Murray's tiny camera if necessary.
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Lana Del Ray
The scalloped neckline is pretty, but we're not quite sure how we feel about the baggy skirt and the tulle spurting out of her left hip.
Jane Fonda is 74 years old, and looks better than half the people on this red carpet. And look at that smile — she knows it.
Jean Paul Gaultier and Hiam Abbass
After we noticed that Gaultier was wearing a maxi skirt, we couldn't concentrate on what shapes we saw in Hiam's inkblot gown.
Diane Kruger, again
Few people can get away with the lace-up bib dress look. Even though it looks like she strapped on the ready-to-wear version of Brad Pitt's outfit in Troy, Diane somehow manages to make it look good.
Plaid-on-plaid and the world's tiniest camera. We're confused too, Bill; this isn't Nantucket, is it?
"You're seeing how ridiculous Bill Murray looks too, right? Well I also have a camera, and I'm Instagramming his outfit right now."
"Look at this mess, sigh. Why can't everyone just look fantastically dignified all the time, like I do?"
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